Authorities say Christina Anderson died of blunt force injury to head

SAN DIEGO - Authorities Monday confirmed that Christina Anderson, who was allegedly killed along with her 8-year-old son by a longtime family friend also suspected of abducting her 16-year-old daughter, died of a blunt force injury to her head.

Anderson, 44, was declared dead shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 in the burned-out home on Ross Avenue in Boulevard belonging to suspect James Lee DiMaggio, although the time she was killed was unknown, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office and sheriff's investigators.

A search warrant released Wednesday revealed that a crow bar possibly used in the killing was found by Anderson's head, along with blood, after a fire captain found her body face-down under a tarp in the garage.

The badly burned body of a child, determined to be 8-year-old Ethan Anderson was later located inside the residence. The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

Authorities believe DiMaggio, 40, kidnapped Anderson's daughter Hannah, killed the Lakeside mother, her son and their dog, and used incendiary devices to set fire to his log cabin-style home and detached garage.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told a local media outlet that an image of Hannah and DiMaggio in his blue Nissan Versa was captured as it traveled westbound through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Old Highway 80 in Pine Valley shortly after midnight on Aug. 4, about 20 hours before the fire was reported.

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